It’s a matter of days until the holiday season gets into full swing, so I thought I would make a cocktail suggestion to smooth the frayed nerves that come along with preparations for the season. The Caesar is Canada’s answer to the Bloody Mary. Just about everything about the beverage is the same, but instead of tomato juice as a mix, you use a combination of tomato juice and clam juice.
Clam juice in a drink? The combination sounds weird to those who haven’t had one before, I know. Do not fear my intrepid food explorers! Think of the flavor profile of Manhattan clam chowder or ciopinno; tomato juice and clam juice make great friends.
A Caesar is a spicy, savory sipper best served in a tall glass with plenty of ice. The classic garnish is a celery stalk (how can you say no to a drink that comes with a snack?), but the glass can be additionally dressed up with a dill pickle, a wedge of lime or a spicy pickled green bean.
Lime juice (for rimmer)
Celery salt (for rimmer)
dash of hot sauce
dash of Worcestershire sauce
1 ½ oz vodka
1/2 oz brine from the pickled green beans (optional)
6 oz Clamato juice (or, if you can’t get ahold of it mixed, 3 oz clam juice, 3 oz tomato juice)
1 celery stalk
1 spicy pickled green bean
- Wet the edges of your glass with lime juice, and then through the celery salt. The lime juice will make the celery salt stick to the rim.
- Add the ice to the glass.
- Over the ice, add a dash of hot sauce, followed by a dash of Worchestershire.
- Pour in the vodka and the pickle brine, if using.
- Top with Clamato juice.
- Garnish with a stalk of celery and a pickled green bean.
Caesars are a really nice option for when you tire of sweet drinks, or are looking forward to something with a little spice to it. What a lovely cocktail!
Mr. Says: It takes a Canadian to add meat to a cocktail. And don’t skip out on the celery salt rimmer, he highly recommends it.
This time last year: Lemon Roasted Potatoes